The gardens are growing and the weather is fine. Get the kids outside for a little movement, inspired by the nature around them. Try these simple yoga poses inspired by trees, frogs, seeds, flowers and more, and then make up some of your own. They’ll be burning some energy and giggling in no time.
Kids in the Kitchen
This recipe calls for salmon, but the topping is also great on chicken or beef. Let your kids assemble the mixture while you wrangle the sides, and you’ll have dinner on the table in about a half-hour. Doesn’t that sound blissful? Simply mix 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs, 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, ¼ cup finely chopped parsley, 4 cloves minced garlic. Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add a dash of salt and pepper, then spread over your protein, and bake. (Pro tip: Broil for a minute or two at the end to crisp the topping.)
Learn about plant physiology in this easy science experiment. All you need are some clear glasses, the celery that is languishing in your vegetable drawer (the inner/lighter stalks will have better results), water, and food coloring. Put 3 to 4 drops of color in each glass, cut off the bottom of the celery stalks, and then place one stalk in each glass. Ask your kid to predict what will happen next, then check the celery at three hours, 24 hours, and 48 hours. Don’t forget to look at the bottom of the stalks to see where the water is being pulled in.
The weather is getting warmer, which means kids in the Northwest are starting to complain about getting hot. Keep them cool and keep them outside with this easy-to-make sprinkler. All you’ll need is a plastic 2-liter empty soda bottle, duct tape, a hand drill and a garden hose. Simply drill holes in the soda bottle, attach the garden hose to the bottle, and duct tape it to keep it in place. Then turn up the hose and watch the fun. You can even drape it over a tree branch and run under it.
Beautiful spring blooms sure don’t last long enough, do they? Why not harvest those perfect petals and preserve them in perpetuity? All you’ll need is a heavy book, glue, paper, rubber bands, a simple frame, and the flowers, of course. Gather flowers on a dry morning. Fold a piece of white paper in half and place in a heavy open book (cookbooks or dictionaries are great). Tuck flowers inside, being careful not to overlap. Repeat throughout book. Then carefully close book and use large rubber bands to keep it firmly shut for 2 weeks. Once ready, remove flowers from book with tweezers, and glue them in desired design on a separate paper. Frame and display.